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By Dennis Romero
had sworn President Donald Trump on Saturday to place a Navy SEAL accused of killing a captive teenager in Iraq in "less restrictive captivity" while waiting for a lawsuit.
His tweet is coming as a group of federal legislators lobbying to get Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher out of prison in San Diego is preparing to fight war crime charges in court.
Trump tweeted that Gallagher should not be held in such detention for serving the nation.
Gallagher has been imprisoned in the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar since 9/11.
He is accused of having fatally stabbed an Islamic state prisoner under his care in 2017, which the prosecutors considered intentional. The prisoner, estimated to be about fifteen, was slashed in the throat and body, they said.
War Experts Specialist Joe Warpinski said at a hearing that a witness, a SEAL medic, had told him that Gallagher had "left without saying anything" and started stabbing the boy.
Naval indictments also say that Gallagher posed during a re-enrollment ceremony for photos with the teenager's body.
Gallagher did not plead guilty in January for deliberately murdering other crimes, including the inaugural fire against Iraqi civilians and the shooting of a woman and a man in various cases. His trial is scheduled for May 28th.
A group of 40 members of Congress asked US Secretary of State Yancy B. Lindsey in a letter on Tuesday "to reassess the decision to bring Chief Gallagher to trial and analyze whether a would be a less severe form of restraint Considering his trial appropriate. "
One of his biggest advocates is US Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican from San Diego. His spokesman Michael Harrison said in an email on Saturday that Trump's vow to remove Gallagher from the brig was "good news."
His wife, Andrea Gallagher, said on Saturday in a statement that she appreciated the efforts of Trump and the congress members want to free Gallagher while he waits for the trial.
"As a wife and mother, I want to personally thank President Trump for having mercy on my husband and our family by exercising not only compassion but common sense in this shameful justice we have For seven months, "she said.
" My husband, my children, myself, and our family have suffered needlessly for so long, and this is a happy moment in an otherwise very horrific nightmare. "